About the Book
Title: Skycastle, the Demon, and Me | Author: Andy Mulberry | Publication Date: February 22, 2014 | Publisher: Paw! Print Press | Pages: 107 | Recommended Ages: 7+
Summary: Skycastle, the Demon, and Me is the first in a series of middle grade books for fearless, adventure loving kids. WARNING…this book contains a scowling demon, bad decisions, a skeleton key, not foul but hellish language, an ordinary boy and an extraordinary castle. You’ve been warned. Skycastle, the Demon, and Me: An unlikely friendship, a hellish adventure and cliffhangers aplenty to make reluctant readers turn the pages.
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My Thoughts: Skycastle, the Demon, and Meis a hilarious story about a young boy – Jake – who gets more than he bargained for when he purchases a demon straight from the underworld. Jake hopes that, with the demon’s help, the tours of their family’s castle will become wildly popular (with the addition of a real live demon, of course) and they will be able to undertake much-needed repairs to their home.
However, things (stunningly) go awry when the demon, (named Brinklove Crowley the Third and nicknamed Brink), decides that he prefers reading to “haunting”, then goes on to break the cardinal rule of demon care (getting wet), and just when things are starting to be under control, the “Collector” comes demanding payment. Then, a most unexpected twist occurs tying Jake and Brink’s destinies together, leaving the reader hanging on the edge of their seat, wondering “What the heck is gonna happen next?”
Do not let the book title turn you off of this hysterically funny book. Skycastle, the Demon, and Me is one of the most creative and entertaining books that I have read to my children this year. This book is literally designed either for reluctant readers who will love the quick pace, quirky dialogue, and non-stop action; or as a story begging to be read aloud to children. I can say, in all honesty, that I loved reading this book as much as my children loved being read to. This book seems DESIGNED to be read aloud. Take this passage for instance, when Jake is weighing out the pros and cons of purchasing a demon as he gets ready to make his order:
What was the point of having a demon work for you if he was silently, demonically plotting to kill you? He could kill you with brimstone and fire. He could fiendishly curse you to death. He could do his demon thing and swallow you whole and your soul would be lost forever.
I thought about that for a while.
Sometimes in life, you had to take a risk for the great good.
I stepped to the phone, picked up and dialed the number.
Then I hung up.
I was such a coward. I took three deep breaths, and then picked up the phone again. My hand was so sweaty I almost dropped the phone.
My heart was racing during the beep… beep … beep.
Someone picked up.
I knew I was going to love Jake as a main character when he first finds the business card for GET-A-DEMON (free delivery) and, of course, decides to call the number. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t? The conversation between Jake and the customer service rep (Torque) is absolutely hilarious. Jake: “You can’t charge double just because I live in a castle. That’s not fair.” Torque: “You’re calling Hell. We’re not known to be reasonable.” There are countless exchanges which left us literally laughing out loud. And then, we meet Brink, the demon in question who emerges from his crate amid much smoke and fire. He was not quite what we expected. He looks exactly like a normal 12 year-old boy, with one remarkable difference. Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out what that is! Suffice it to say he had the skin color to match his nasty disposition.
My Bottom Line: I love the first person perspective and how the reader experiences the story through Jake’s young eyes. As with any boy his age, Jake’s curiosity gets the better of him; and, although his heart is in the right place, he soon finds himself way, way, way over his head with an uncooperative and ailing demon, a Collector from Hell (literally) hot on his heels demanding payment, and a few more surprises. In short, I just LOVED this book! It was thoroughly entertaining and I highly recommend it to reluctant readers looking for a quick-paced and comical story and for families looking for their next great read-aloud tale. It’s great entertainment for families with children aged 7 and older.
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“I bought this book to read with my younger brother and we both loved it. I always try to encourage him to keep up with his reading but he’s usually not that big of a fan of books most of the time. To my surprise, he quickly became immersed into the story and I could tell that he was having just as much fun as I was reading it together. The story keeps up at a smooth and fast pace, which is of course very important in children’s books, and it’s adventurous and written really well. To say that I am satisfied with ‘Skycastle, the Demon, and Me’ would be an understatement, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more releases by the author” ~ 5 Star Review, Jane L., Amazon
“The characters are well created and the story is exceptionally good. My great granddaughter just started reading it this morning and she is already pretty engrossed in the story. Great book. I definitely recommend.” ~ 5 Star Review, Beverly C., Amazon
“Very well written story. Witty and charming for both myself and my son who is in 3rd grade. A great creative adventure about a demon and a boy. Looking forward to more in this series. I would highly recommend this book for kids around the 3rd grade. It’s action packed and holds my sons interest. Filled with the stuff he loves. Thanks!” ~ 5 Star Review, M. Harbin, Amazon
About the Author: Andy Mulberry
Andy Mulberry loves to write stories filled with strange adventures, odd characters and mysterious circumstances. To say she was born holding a book in her hand reading would be a gross hyperbole. She lives in Southern California with her scowling teenager, a chubby blue cat-beast, an imaginary dog and one leaky roof.
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